Sumatra Tano Batak
Hailing from the ethnic Batak region, this Lintong-area coffee has beautiful rustic fruit notes that make it distinct from the more common earth-toned Sumatra coffees. The town of Lintong is located to the southwest of Lake Toba and is a well-known coffee producing area but, it is also used as a trade name with loose geographic boundaries. The surrounding region has the highest coffee growing altitudes in North Sumatra and produces some of the island’s highest quality lots.
The Batak people have been living near Lake Toba for centuries and working with coffee since it was brought to this region in the late 1600‘s. This coffee is collected from smallholders and processed in the town of Dolok Sanggul using the wet-hulled method, an unorthodox technique that involves removal of the coffee’s parchment layer before the coffee is fully dried. The drying process finishes in the green bean form, which is unheard of in most of the world’s coffee producing countries. In addition to variety, altitude, and environmental factors, it is believed that wet hulling contributes to the unique flavor profile Sumatra coffees are known for..